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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Girls in sororities are all about their sisterhood and guys who are in a frat are all about their brotherhood. Kids can be whoever they want here doesn't matter if you're preppy or not.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Everyone on campus is very educated on sexual assault and most of us are aware of our safety on and off campus

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: JMU is an experience like no other. It is either you make the best of your time here or you will not enjoy it.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: You must study to do well. Professors are there to help and office hours help a lot.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I do not know a lot about the career prospects at JMU

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Not a fan of Greek life but it is a big part of the party scene at JMU

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Some places are very nice, like Copper and Squire, but the problem is that they fill up super fast. It is a lot of pressure to figure out where you're living, who you're living with, and all of the details only a few months after coming to school. Most are reasonably priced, it depends what you're looking for. Some include utilities and are furnished, but others aren't. I hear most of them have little parking, but the buses run to all of them, and majority of them are a cheaper option than living on campus.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I haven't been to too many restaurants off-campus, but my favorite is definitely Macadoos. They remind me of the 99, with posters, signed guitars, and decorations all over the walls. It is average priced. I usually get a salad and a side of fries for around $12 which I think is pretty good. The menu is huge, and they offer a wide variety of sandwiches. I haven't seen too many places give student discounts however.

4 College Freshman

Administration: The campus strictness isn't too bad at our school. I know many of my friends that attend other colleges have to check in their guests, have their bags searched, and can only have a limited number of people, so being able to have guests without worrying about that is nice. I think the policies are fair, and they aren't super strict. If you're smart and careful and not disruptive, they don't really disrupt you.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: I applied for financial aid, thinking I would get some because my parents are divorced, and my sister also goes to school full-time, but I ended up getting zero financial aid, and a $2,500 work study if I could find an on-campus job. I was disappointed that I couldn't help my parents out, but many of my friends and people I know that go here said that they didn't get a lot of financial aid.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: I think there is always something to do if you want to do it. My friends usually go out Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I don't go out that often, but when I want to go out, there are always parties for me to go to. I don't go to frat parties unless some of my guy friends invite me, but there's always parties on Devon Lane and in Copper Beach. I think the party scene has had neither a positive or negative impact on my college experience. It's there if I want it, but I don't think I overuse it, so it's nice to be able to go to parties, but it doesn't affect me that much.

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: I do not get sick of the food here at all. Since I live on east campus, I usually go to Festival. I eat healthier there than when I go to e-hall. I get their salads daily and never get sick of them. E-hall is also good, especially for Sunday brunch. I'm a person who likes routine, so I don't always need new food, but they definitely have it available for people who want it. There is a variety of options, and they're always different. You definitely get your money's worth because you can either go to e-hall or d-hall and eat as much as you want, or go somewhere like Festival to get portion control and get a soup and salad or a burger and fries.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It is very easy and convenient living on campus. I live in Skyline dorms which are on the other side of the highway, so some of my classes are a 20 minute walk, but it gives me exercise and I'm closer to Walmart, the movie theatre, and other stores. If I don't want to wait for a bus, I can walk to get my nails done, go out to dinner, or get some groceries. The bathrooms are cleaned daily Monday-Friday, and are always clean with toilet paper. There are three showers, and at least one is always available for use. There is definitely a great social atmosphere. I'm friends with most of the people on my floor, and I definitely became close to them during orientation week. The housing process is pretty easy, but I recommend you don't sign the 2-year housing contract unless you absolutely want to live on campus your sophomore year because it is extremely hard to get out of.

2 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics are good but not many people attend the games. Students do not go out of their ways to watch the games.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Depending on where you live there is something always going on in your complex.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are plenty of options for low cost around the campus. Most of the restaurants are opened late at night for hungry kids after their parties.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: Police always make their ways through the hallways on weekends. It is their job and everyone understands it. RAs do write people up for noise violations but they are their to help if we need it.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I did not have problems applying for financial aid

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: If you are not in a fraternity/sorority then your party scene is limited and the parties are smaller

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Sometimes gets old because it is the same thing at dining halls

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: So many options and can fine healthy ones too!

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Its classic dorm life, there big enough for two people to live and not feel too crowded

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are plenty of options, however, I believe it to be more efficient to live on campus. There are plenty of places to live here.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The options are actually very limited to get food at night.

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2 College Freshman

Administration: Students drink all the time. The campus doesn't really do anything about the problem. They only catch the drunks that are wild and are in the streets. However, the parties still happen. Alcohol is still brought back to the dorms and consumed.

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JMU offers a strong community, with students displaying an overwhelming amount of pride. You'll find you will love this school simply because every other student carries that same love. This sense of spirit is infectious. Harrisonburg has been named the "friendly city" by students, faculty, parents, and townfolk, and it’s no surprise why. Each year offers unique experiences that keep you coming back for more. JMU might not be charmed with the best football team in college history, but with the overwhelming amount of pride and zeal displayed at each game, it seems the perfect team for a enthusiastic school.

One pitfall might be the lack of nearby attractions or activities to enjoy on a weekend night. This can result in a many people resorting to parties as their means of entertainment. While Harrisonburg is by no means urbanized, you'll find some of your best memories on the nights you spend with your peers. Whichever friend group you click into, you'll find a little piece of yourself on this campus.

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